Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Institutions and Organizations
It seems every few weeks we hear about another horrific case of child sexual abuse at a school, church or in a youth sports program. Recently we heard about Larry Nassar’s abuse of over 150 girls while he worked as a doctor at USA Gymnastics, and unfortunately, this case won’t be the last. While adults bear the most responsibility for keeping children safe from abuse, organizations and institutions should also make child sexual abuse prevention a priority.
This year our symposium will focus on how institutions and organizations that serve children can prevent child sexual abuse. We’ll hear from policymakers, researchers and professionals working within youth-serving organizations, who will share how they are addressing prevention.
Our panel this year will feature participants from the Netflix series, The Keepers. Our special guests will share their experiences uncovering and dealing with child sexual abuse at their Catholic high school, Seton Keough in Baltimore, MD.
- JHSPH Dean Ellen MacKenzie will welcome attendees.
- Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson, Keynote Address
- Ben Mathews, PhD, Professor of Law, Queensland University of Technology
- Donald Palmer, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of Management, University of California - Davis
- Deacon Bernard Nojadera, Executive Director, Child and Youth Protection, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Michael Johnson, Youth Protection Director, Boy Scouts of America
- Ju’Riese Colón, National Vice President of Child & Club Safety, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Michael Piercy, Director, Washington County Department of Social Services
- Abbie Schaub, Teresa Lancaster and Lil Hughes Knipp, The Keepers
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
New this year: We have been approved to offer CEUs thanks to the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The cost is $55.
The University of Maryland School of Social Work Office of Continuing Professional Education is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This workshop qualifies for 5.5 Category I Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Successful completion of this activity requires your signature on the sign-in sheet, participation in the entire activity, and completion of an evaluation form.
- Once you have registered to attend the symposium, the link to register for CEUs will be in your confirmation email.
- CEUs will be offered at the door the day of the symposium, but space will be limited.
- For questions, please call University of Maryland's Office of Continuing Professional Education at 410.706.1839.
Lunch and Learn
The Future of Organizational Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
This year's lunch and learn features a luncheon and talk by Maggie Ingram, a graduate student in the Department of Mental Health. The lunch will be held in Feinstone Hall, E2030 (one floor up from the symposium).
Child Maltreatment Poster Session
Following Ms. Ingram's talk, please join us for our free student poster session, which will provide excellent networking opportunities. Posters will feature all aspects of child maltreatment, including child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect, bullying, peer-on-peer harassment and prevention policy and practice by graduate and undergraduate students. The session will run from 12:30 to 1 pm in Feinstone Hall (E2030). Winners of the poster session competition will be announced during the session and receive cash prizes.
This event is free and open to public, however, registration is required.
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